Skip to main content

The Essence of Catch Wrestling at the Commonwealth Games


Many of the wrestlers on team England have links to Aspull Olympic Wrestling Club where Catch Wrestling master, and lineage holder of the great wrestler Billy Riley, Roy Wood is head coach.

Here is a quick rundown of how team England performed.

Team England got 5 medals, 4 bronze and 1 Silver.

Silver:
Yana Stadnik (a former Ukrainian wrestler who wrestles out of the Manchester Academy)
Bronze:
1)  Leon Rattigan (Yana's husband) from Bristol
2) Chinu (Only has the one name, just like Madonna, Prince etc!  His passport actually shows Chinu XXX - so he's being referred to as triple X!) From Wolverhampton.
3) Michael Grundy - now wrestles at Wigan & Leigh Wrestling Club which his dad, Dave Grundy founded about 7/8 years ago. Up to then Michael trained at Aspull under Roy from being a little boy.
4) Louisa Porogovska now trains at Bolton but wrestled at Aspull from a young age up until 2/3 years ago. She is Roy's great niece, Paul Woods niece.

Unfortunately, Philip Roberts who is an Aspull wrestler, had a hard draw. His first wrestle was against a Pakistani wrestler (his brother is Mohammed Ali a wrestler who also trains at Aspull.) The match ended 6-6 but due to the way the points were scored the Pakistani won on technical points.  Philip then wrestled a Canadian and lost, which meant Phil was completely out of the competition. This Canadian then went on to win gold.

Also, all of the wrestlers bar Yana have wrestled at the Aspull International Wrestling Competition as this competition has routinely had the highest level of athletes participating.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Curran Jacobs Submits his Way to Gold at the 2017 Frank Gotch World Catch Tourney

Curran Jacobs of Michigan submitted accomplished wrestler and MMA veteran Travis Wiuff twice in one day to take first place in the 2017 Frank Gotch World Catch Wrestling Tournament in Humboldt, Iowa today. This year’s tournament featured the twelve toughest and bravest wrestlers in the world in an open weight division. Third place was won by Anthony Pacheck of Iowa, in a submission win over Christopher Morales of Los Angeles.
“That was the best catch wrestling match I have ever seen” said an enthusiastic Mike Chapman regarding the first match between Jacobs and Wiuff. “This was a brutal tournament,” said exhausted Curran Jacobs after winning gold, and a $500 cash prize.

Olympics Highlight Need for Catch As Catch Can Wrestling

How many points can you score in six minutes? That is how many Olympics wrestling matches are decided. Getting points for passivity and pushing your opponent out of the circle are not in the spirit of wrestling. If the goal of wrestling was to pin your opponent, then adding points and short time limits change the goal. A wrestler can win by out scoring the opponent. It seems like the rules of freestyle are designed to make sure that the wrestling event is over quickly. An example of this would be the aforementioned push out, or awarding a point if a wrestler cannot score after being put on the shot clock.

The tragedy of wrestling and grappling events is that wrestlers and fans are emotionally devastated when a wrestler loses by a small difference in points. Catch Wrestler, and former captain of the Michigan State wrestling team, Curran Jacobs stated in a recent interview for Takedown Wrestling that he always fell short of becoming an All American wrestler because of a slight point dif…

The Origin of the "Grovit"

We posted this image of American Catch Wrestling master, William Wicks doing a front face lock, or "Grovit." Many people had questions about the term, "Grovit."  Here is an explanation by Dr. Stephen Greenfield. 

"The original meaning was associated with a local word for an animal such as a sheep with a misshapen jaw (usually overshot). I believe it was applied to the name of a tool as a reference to the shape. As far as the Wigan Grovit, I would suspect it was in reference to the appearance of someone who had it applied to them."

Dr. Greenfield is a physician, wrestler, and historian who works with the Snake Pit Wigan